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From the book jacket: This first novel in a magnificent new fantasy series draws upon the rich legends, cultures, and traditions of the East to create an epic tale of kingdoms invaded, nobles enslaved, a young man's desperate quest to find the family snatched from him by war, and his determination to face the challenge of a destiny which may be beyond any mortal's power to fulfill.... Llesho was only seven when the Hamn invaded his family's mountain kingdom of Thebin. His guards slaughtered before his eyes, he was carried off and sold into slavery on Pearl Island, as far as he knew the sole survivor of his royal family. As with most young Thebin captives, he was trained as a pearl diver, a life with which he had to be content, for as he had been told time and again there was no escaping Pearl Island. When Llesho was ten, the old man called Lleck appeared on the island and secretly began to undertake the boy's education. Everyone assumed Lleck was his real father, and Llesho never revealed the old scholar's true identity as a trusted adviser to the former king of Thebin. But at fifteen Llesho's life was forever changed. For Lleck's spirit, released by death, visited the boy while he worked the pearl beds in the ocean depths and revealed his true destiny to him. All six of his older brothers were still alive, though each, it was rumored, had been sold into slavery in distant lands. Llesho must win his freedom, find and rescue his brothers, and with their help raise an army against the evil Ham, reclaiming his homeland from these seemingly undefeatable conquerors. However, the only way a pearl diver ever found freedom was in death, and so Llesho did the unthinkable. He petitioned his lord to be trained as a gladiator, thus taking the first step on a road that would lead to conflict with sorcerers, encounters with the avatars of gods, and a dangerous journey in search of the widely scattered family he had never expected to see again.... CURT BENJAMIN has a degree in art from Antioch University. After a brief sojourn in Portland, he returned to his hometown on the outskirts of Philadelphia. In his spare time, he is a designer and children's illustrator.
A rising star in the fantasy romance firmament, Susan Krinard returns to the land of the bestselling Prince of Wolves in this mesmerizing new love story.The legend of the werewolf is reborn in this thrilling tale from the author who "set(s) the standard for fantasy romance" (Affaire de Coeur). Wolf researcher Alexandra tries to help a gorgeous wolf she discovered in the wild, only to discover the unimaginable: that the animal has vanished and a man has taken its place. Following a grisly murder, the weight of suspicion falls heavily on Alexandra's mysterious companion who wields legendary powers--and soon both are scrambling to escape.From the Paperback edition.
. . . a splendid fantasy quest as compelling as anything by Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Jose Farmer or, yes, J. R. R. Tolkien. --The Washington PostReminiscent of the groundbreaking novels of Philip K. Dick, Philip Jose Farmer, and Dan Simmons. --Library JournalKay Kenyon's Bright of the Sky and just-released A World Too Near feature a brilliant SF setting that rivals Larry Niven's Ringworld and Philip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series for sheer inventon, advneture, complexity and sense of wonder. --OmnivoraciousOne of the most imaginative creations in recent science fiction history. --SFSiteIN THIS SERIES KAY KENYON HAS CREATED HER MOST VIVID AND COMPELLING SOCIETY YET, THE UNIVERSE ENTIRE. REVIEWERS HAVE CALLED THIS A GRAND WORLD, AN ENORMOUS STAGE, AND A BRAVURA CONCEPT. Finally in control of the Ascendancy, Titus Quinn has styled himself Regent of the Entire. But his command is fragile. He rules an empire with a technology beyond human understanding; spies lurk in the ancient Magisterium; the Tarig overlords are hamstrung but still malevolent. Worse, his daughter Sen Ni opposes him for control, believing the Earth and its Rose universe must die to sustain the failing Entire. She is aided by one of the mystical pilots of the River Nigh, the space-time transport system. This navitar, alone among all others, can alter future events. He retires into a crystal chamber in the Nigh to weave reality and pit his enemies against each other. Taking advantage of these chaotic times, the great foe of the Long War, the Jinda ceb Horat, create a settlement in the Entire. Masters of supreme technology, they maintain a lofty distance from the Entire's struggle. They agree, however, that the Tarig must return to the fiery Heart of their origins. With the banishment immanent, some Tarig lords rebel, fleeing to hound the edges of Quinn's reign. Meanwhile, Quinn's wife Anzi becomes a hostage and penitent among the Jinda ceb, undergoing alterations that expose their secrets, but may estrange her from her husband. As Quinn moves toward a confrontation with the dark navitar, he learns that the stakes of the conflict go far beyond the Rose versus the Entire--extending to a breathtaking dominance. The navitar commands forces that lie at the heart of the Entire's geo-cosmology, and will use them to alter the calculus of power. As the navitar's plan approaches consummation, Quinn, Sen Ni, and Anzi are swept up in forces that will leave them forever changed. In this rousing finale to Kenyon's celebrated quartet, Titus Quinn meets an inevitable destiny, forced at last to make the unthinkable choice for or against the dictates of his heart, for or against the beloved land. Kay Kenyon, nominated for the Philip K. Dick and the John W. Campbell awards, began her writing career in Duluth, Minnesota as a copywriter for radio and TV. She is the author of nine sf/f novels including Bright of the Sky, A World Too Near, and City Without End. Recent short stories appeared in Fast Forward 2 and The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Vol. Two. Her work has been translated into French, Russian, Spanish and Czech. When not writing, she encourages newcomers to the field through workshops, a writing e-newsletter, and a conference in eastern Washington State, Write on the River, of which she is chair. She lives in Wenatchee, WA with her husband. Visit her online at www. kaykenyon. com
A great leader rises when forced to defend his troubled lands against an onslaught of monsters in the second book of this remarkable fantasy series featuring Gerin the Fox Peace in the North has been fragile and tentative in the five years since the terrible Werenight, when the light of four full moons transformed men into beasts. Now cut off completely from the Elabon Empire, the land is in violent dispute, squabbled over by minor barons hungry for greater power. Gerin the Fox is one of the few who stand firm against the encroaching chaos, but his own life has been violently shaken, first by a heartless betrayal and then by the kidnapping of his young son. Having angered a vengeful deity, he cannot look to the gods for support. Yet it is Gerin to whom the people must turn when an earthquake tears their land open, undoing an ancient warding spell and releasing a host of ravaging beasts from the dark underground. The stunning sequel to Werenight, Hugo Award-winning author Harry Turtledove's Prince of the North is a magnificent work of fantasy fiction. The master builder of wondrous worlds and alternate histories works his literary sorcery once again in this richly imagined tale of war, magic, gods, and monsters.
The men wear masks. Their guns are drawn on the bank manager. She nervously recites the alarm code, and the tumblers within the huge vault fall. The timing and execution are brilliant. It could be the perfect heist. But as the huge sum of cash is stolen, so too is one man's heart -- and that man is the Prince of Thieves... Charlestown, a blue-collar Boston neighborhood, produces more bank robbers and armored car thieves than any square mile in the world. In this gripping, intricately plotted thriller, Claire Keesey, the branch manager for a Boston bank and one of an influx of young professionals chipping away at the neighborhood's insularity, is taken hostage during a robbery. She is released, but Doug MacRay, the brains behind the tough, tight-knit crew of thieves, can't get her out of his mind. Tracking her down without his mask and gun, Doug introduces himself, and as soon as he and Claire meet, their mutual attraction is undeniable -- as are the risks of a relationship. Meanwhile, Doug's crew pulls off another audacious, meticulously planned job. Frustrated by their ingenuity and brazen ambition, FBI Agent Adam Frawley begins to zero in on Doug and his pals -- and against his own better judgment, he, too, develops more than a professional interest in Claire. Under pressure from Frawley's ever-closer investigation, Doug imagines a life for himself away from bank robberies and Charlestown. But before that can happen, the crew learns that there may be a way to rob Boston's venerable baseball stadium, Fenway Park. It's a magnificently dangerous and utterly irresistible opportunity -- yet for Doug, pursuing his former hostage may be the most dangerous act of all... Chuck Hogan's brash tale of four men -- thieves, rivals, friends -- being hunted through the streets of Boston by a tenacious FBI agent, and the woman who may destroy them all, is a spectacular, stylish, heart-pounding thriller.
Foretold centuries ago, it is a destiny they cannot escape... The immortal Vlad Dracul has wandered for centuries in search of the reincarnation of his wife, Elisabeta. Now he believes he has found the woman possessed by his beloved's soul and is prepared to make her his for all eternity. Tempest "Stormy" Jones has long sensed the other, someone inside her fighting to take control, a feeling that burns stronger when the dark prince is near. As Stormy denies the passion between herself and Vlad, she must resist allowing Elisabeta to take over and claim him as her own. When Elisabeta discovers Vlad's feelings for Stormy, her wrath knows no bounds. She demands that her destiny be fulfilled, leaving Vlad tormented by what was...and what could be. Now only he can choose who will live...and who will die.
Through with running from the past, Joelle Randall has come to the rugged Canadian Rockies determined to face her pain and begin anew. All she needs is a guide to lead her through the untamed mountain wilderness to the site where her parents' plane crashed long ago. But the only guide Joelle can find is Luke Gévaudan, a magnetically attractive loner with the feral grace of a wolf and eyes that glitter with a savage intensity. She has no idea that Luke is the stuff of legends, one of the last survivors of an ancient race of werewolves, a man whose passion she will not be able to resist--no matter how terrible the price. (From the Paperback edition.)
HE WAS A PRINCESince Carramer law stated he must marry a princess or forfeit the throne, Prince Maxim de Marigny had avoided romantic entanglements. But then a chance encounter with a strikingly beautiful-and startlingly antiroyal-woman made him wonder if he was more man than monarch!WHO COULDN'T BE TEMPTED BY LOVEAnnegret West was unimpressed with titled men and majestic trappings, but His Royal Heartthrob Prince Maxim made her jaded heart flutter! Yet despite her growing emotional attachment, marriage with Maxim wasn't in her future. How could Annegret expect Maxim to sacrifice his crown? If only she had been born royal....
SHE WAS A PRINCESS...And should get whatever she wanted, right? But Giselle de Marginy wanted to be Keeper of Merrisand Castle, and due to Carramer's laws, only marriage could earn her the title. Yet for the independent princess, wedded bliss held no appeal-until a masked ball brought her face-to-face with the most mesmerizing blue eyes she had ever seen....IN SEARCH OF HER PRINCEWidowed single father Bryce Laws was surprised by Giselle's proposal. A marriage of convenience would secure her position and provide a mother for his young daughter. But could Bryce really wed the passionate princess in name only, when he wanted so much more?
Romance sizzles in this Cinderella story set in Scotland, the first in a sparkling new spinoff series from New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins.Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys his carefree life, flirting--and more--with every lovely lady who crosses his path. But when the interfering Duchess Natasha decides it's time for her grandson to wed, Alexsey finds himself in Scotland, determined to foil her plans. Brainy, bookish, and bespectacled, Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer--she isn't at all to the Duchess's taste. Living at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and social butterfly stepsisters, Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt--no matter how intoxicating his kisses are. After all, no spoiled, arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. So...wouldn't it be fun to turn his "game" upside down and prove that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees...
The first definitive, in-depth portrait of the man who will be king of England--and the story of his relationship with the woman who will be his queen His face is recognized the world over, his story is well known. But what is Prince William really like? As Diana's eldest son, he was her confidant. While the tabloids eagerly lapped up the lurid details of his parents' divorce, William lived painfully through it, suffering the embarrassment, the humiliation, and divided loyalties. He watched his father denounced on prime time television; he met the lovers. And when he was just fifteen, his beautiful, loving mother was suddenly, shocking snatched from his life forever. The nation lost its princess and its grief threatened the very future of the monarchy. What was almost forgotten in the clamor was that two small boys had lost their mother. His childhood was a recipe for disaster, yet as he approaches his thirtieth birthday, William is as well-balanced and sane a man as you could ever hope to meet. He has an utter determination to do the right thing and to serve his country as his grandmother has so successfully done for the last sixty years. Who stopped him from going off the rails, turning his back on his duty and wanting nothing to do with the press--the people he blamed for his mother's death? Where did the qualities that have so entranced the world, and his new bride, Catherine, come from? In the last thirty years, Penny Junor has written extensively about his parents and the extended family into which he was born. With the trust built up over that time, she has been able to get closer to the answers than ever before.
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In the acclaimed Codex Alera novels, New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the people of Alera use their unique bonds with the elementals of nature for protection. Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the Crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. After a year of armistice, their occupation of Alera's shores has ended. But when Tavi and his Legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord-the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike-have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves trapped alongside their former enemies-with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive. Meanwhile, after the destruction of the city and High Lord of Kalare, war-torn Alera struggles to rebuild-while politicians and nobles maneuver for power. But from the south comes news of death and devastation unlike any have ever known-for the Vord have come to Alera. For a thousand years, Alera and her furies have withstood every enemy and survived every foe. The thousand years are over...
This book tells the story of four sons of King George V during the period that the monarchy faced the greatest threats to its survival in the modern era the crisis of the abdication, and the nationwide threat to Britain of the Nazis, inside and out. The threat of world war echoed the war within the royal family. Played out against the cataclysm of the Second World War the princes’ actions for good or ill became all the more significant and magnified on a world stage. The war served to unleash passions at a time when the very function of royalty as head of the empire was under threat. It served as a crucible that made or destroyed each of the princes. One would die in mysterious circumstances forever mired in conspiracy and scandal; another was destroyed in all but name, a third slipped into comfortable obscurity, and the fourth rose to new heights of achievement redefining the monarchy for the modern age. The catalyst for the story is one dangerous American woman: Wallis Simpson. The consequences of her actions drive one prince to an early grave and the other to become a living wreck of a man nursing long held grievances. Recently discovered letters show that Wallis herself was caught in a trap of her own making: a life entombed in a gilded cage with a man she could not respect and whom she tried to leave. Everything she wished for, she destroyed. Famously she is said to have been sent 17 carnations by the Nazi Joachim von Ribbentrop, representing their 17 sexual trysts. George VI’s story is also an allegory for a much wider theme. Starting where the film The Kings Speech ends, a revealing transformation in his character takes place. As he steps up with some dread to the role of king that his older brother spurns, his horizons are widened and he falls into the sphere of influence of brilliant leaders such as Winston Churchill. As Hitler stole country after country for the Third Reich, George VI rose to the challenge, to find the very best in himself, and was transformed by the effort. By the end he can stand alone at the helm, without the support of those who helped him on his way Like fables of old, taking on the challenge transforms the quality of the man but it is also killing him.
ROYAL WEDDINGS ROYAL WEDDINGS. Three small-town women find happily-ever-after with three irresistible princes! A PRINCE OF A DADDY Convinced she was a princess, a six-year-old girl sent Prince Whit Anders a message beseeching him to prove her right. Which gave the child's single mom, Drew Davis, cause for concern. After all, Drew and the prince had shared a magical summer long ago-and her daughter's claim to royalty wasn't as far-fetched as everyone thought.... When His Royal Highness Whit Anders discovered that he and lovely Drew had made more than a sweet teenage memory, he was ready to claim their child as his heir. But winning the beautiful-and independent-woman would put his reputation as the Prince of Hearts to the test!
Once upon a time there was a young debutante of means who dreamed of marrying a prince. So she traveled to London to become . . . The Prince's Bride As a poor but proud young lady, Jocelyn Shelton had but one dream: to marry a prince and bring comfort to herself and her family. Now circumstances bring her to London, where her charms could make her wish come true. But her rendezvous with royalty is dangerously interrupted, and she finds herself rescued-and thoroughly kissed-by Rand, Viscount Beaumont . . . a daring man in the service of the king. To protect her life, Rand whisks her away to the countryside, and to defend her reputation, he agrees to marry the willful beauty. Lady Jocelyn is hardly his first choice as a bride, but beneath her fiery nature he uncovers a tender vulnerability and a sizzling passion. But Rand is keeping a shocking secret-one that, when revealed, could either shake her belief in him or make herrealize that it takes more than blue blood to be a true prince.
Mandy lives a peaceful life with her parents and her adopted son Josh, the child of her best friend who died 3 years ago. However her quiet life is jeopardized when a man suddenly visits her. This refined and dignified man is the 2nd prince of Castile, Prince Stephen! Josh's father, who was the crown prince of the Kingdom of Castile had passed away, and the prince claims Josh is the rightful heir to the throne. I'll never hand over my son! Standing by her promise to her friend, Mandy decides to do everything in her power to stop the prince.
How can she tell him that she's the mother of his child? Five years ago, Sapphie Benedict lost her virginity to hunky Hollywood screenwriter Rik Prince. Convinced that Rik was really in love with her sister, Sapphie knew she could never see him again or tell him of the consequence of their brief affair! Sapphie unexpectedly meets Rik again in Paris, and realises that she has never stopped loving him. But their lives are more complicated than ever, and there is no way she can declare her feelings...let alone tell Rik that he's the father of their beautiful young son...!
A fifteen-year-old journeyman wizard needs all the magic he has thus far learned when he and his companion Lys are drawn into the political problems of a good and powerful prince.
It took only one kiss from his brother's widow to set AJ Rahia's soul on fire-and set him closer to assuming his brother's throne. Tradition would have the prince turned Hollywood producer marry his brother's wife. . . ;but could he accept his brother's unborn child as his own? Lani Rahia was caught between two men-her dead husband and the future king. By telling the truth about one, would she lose the other? She'd been snared in a marriage of convenience before. This time, she wouldn't settle for such pretense-for her or her child. Instead, she'd have a lifetime of AJ's love. . . ;or nothing.
Prince Nico can't walk by when he sees Marisa needs his help; she's confused and lost and clearly has no place to go. So he sweeps her back to his royal palace. Seeing that she's pregnant brings out Nico's protective instincts, feelings he thought had frozen years ago. . . Until Marisa came along, normal life seemed shallow and frivolous. Now it feels as though Nico has something to live for. But with his royal realm torn apart by war and rebellion, can he afford to fall in love with this pregnant stranger?
American Madeline Spencer arrived in glitzy Monaco with dreams of a vacation fling. Dangerously attractive and maddeningly mysterious Damon Rossi filled the bill. Their nights of soaring passion left Madeline breathless--and craving more. Then she discovered her seductive paramour was actually a prince. Being considered a royal mistress had not been part of her plan. But she could almost get used to a lifetime of pampering. Until she found out her disguised prince was set to marry another woman.
Sir Walter Vivian all a summer's day, Gave his broad lawns until the set of sun, Up to the people.
Fans of Wick's historical bestsellers will love this tender, contemporary love story! Suspenseful to the end, it's the moving tale of an arranged royal marriage that begins in duty, yet awakens a surprising love. Will Prince Nicolai and his new bride reveal their feelings for one another before their hearts are walled off forever? 300 pages, softcover from Harvest.
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